New Black Book Releases

This list features black books released within the last two months.

August 2020

Money Devils 1: A Cartel Novel

By Ashley & JaQuavis

August 18, 2020

The LaCroixs are four beautiful Haitian American women bound by money and blood. On the surface, the LaCroix Group is a venture capitalist company, but underneath, it’s so much more. The four sisters run long cons, targeting wealthy, prominent business figures. They have a system: Find the perfect mark, create the problem, then present the solution. For a cost…

The Game Never Ends

By Zaire Crown

August 25, 2020

By leveraging savvy and basic instincts, Tuesday Knight rose up from running an elite gentleman’s club to becoming the mega-wealthy Beverly Hills wife and business partner of reformed drug kingpin Marcus King. Along with their respectable, law-abiding new life came new names, and a new family. But now the country’s most feared drug lord wants to use Marcus’s legit empire to push her product—and the fallout threatens to be treacherous . . .

The Deadline

By Kiki Swinson

August 25, 2020

As an off-air TV news journalist, Khloé Mercer covers the tough Norfolk, Virginia, neighborhood she grew up in. But between a hostile boss and stiff competition, she has to break a major exclusive to save her job—and lock down the coveted anchor desk slot she feels she deserves . . .

Idlewild

By Treasure Hernandez

August 25, 2020

When Desiree Johnson receives an unexpected call from her brother, Ernest, Jr., about their father, she and her sixteen-year-old son, Tyree, pack up and rush to her family’s summer home in Idlewild. Desiree hasn’t been to Michigan in over seventeen years, but when her family calls, she feels she has no choice but to answer.

The Nightmare on Trap Street

By C.N. Phillips

August 25, 2020

Sometimes death births new life, and that is fact for sisters Rhonnie and Ahli Malone. After facing the wrath of Madame, the young women take on the job of being security detail for none other than Sadie Thomas, the head of The Last Kings. With a new drug, Vita E Morte doing numbers under her belt, it is apparent that Sadie has plans to distribute it all over the United States. However, after seeing the deadly side effects of the drug, Sadie agrees to get rid of the formula and take it off the market for good. Only… somebody doesn’t want her to. In fact, they’ll do anything to get the formula for themselves, including taking out the leader of The Last Kings. 

Wandering in Strange Lands

By Morgan Jerkins

August 4, 2020

Between 1916 and 1970, six million black Americans left their rural homes in the South for jobs in cities in the North, West, and Midwest in a movement known as The Great Migration. But while this event transformed the complexion of America and provided black people with new economic opportunities, it also disconnected them from their roots, their land, and their sense of identity, argues Morgan Jerkins. In this fascinating and deeply personal exploration, she recreates her ancestors’ journeys across America, following the migratory routes they took from Georgia and South Carolina to Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California. 

Ask the Streets for Mercy

By T. Styles

August 21, 2020

When Rasha was left to strangers as an infant, she didn’t know there was anything to fear in the world. After all, she had been shielded from pain, with the exception of the wrath she experienced from her jealous foster mother. Before long, this torment was enough to force her into silence, vowing never to speak again. But what do you do when you can’t speak, and your agony has just begun? Forced to leave home after home, she ends up in the worst place to ever shape a young girl’s mind. Looked upon as prey, she becomes a game for a dangerous clique. Unable to see the good due to being blinded by the bad, she learns hate, savagery and above all revenge.

Caste: The Origin of Our Discontent

By Isabel Wilkerson

August 04, 2020

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.

A Greater Story

By Sam Collier

August 04, 2020

In this deeply personal yet remarkably universal book, Sam Collier tells his inspiring story of abandonment, sacrifice, gratitude, and rescue, revealing how God is always doing something bigger and better than we might imagine. That he has a purpose and a plan for every single one of us. That he is always telling his greater story through our trials, our relationships, and our triumphs. If you’re in the middle of a challenging time and long to know that God is working through it, Sam’s story will teach you how to see the big picture, even when there are pieces missing.

Finna: Poems

By Nate Marshall

August 11, 2020

These poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy, and the use of the Black vernacular in America’s vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets. Finna explores the erasure of peoples in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, how the Black vernacular, expands our notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope.

July 2020

Surviving the Chase

By Lisa Renee Johnson

July 28, 2020

Abandoned by her mother as a kid, Payton Jones wants no reminders of her past and no commitments. She’s beautiful, educated, rich, and gets what she wants—even if her favorite friends-with-benefits, Tony Barnes, is a hot complication. But her life of shopping, spa appointments, and mindless sex is interrupted when the most wanted woman in the Bay area starts hunting for Payton’s estranged mother. Curiosity leads Payton into unfamiliar—and risky—territory.

Married to the Shooter

By Ms. Michel Moore

July 28, 2020

Kapri James wasn’t born into the struggle of the game, but she craves it. Despite pleas from her mother, the upper-middle-class teen is addicted to “slumming” and living the fast life. Everything about the black-hearted mentality of Detroit draws her in with ease. Drug dealing, car jackings, home invasions, snatch and grabs, and mayhem in general have to be on a man’s resume to catch her eye. 

Long Live the Cartel

By Ashley & JaQuavis

July 31, 2020

In the world of the Cartel, there are many pitfalls and family curses. In the city of Miami, the good die young and the bad live forever. The first family of Miami, The Diamonds, are back and more ruthless than ever. When the family has to deal with the sins of the father, karma comes back and rests on the shoulders of Carter “CJ” Jones II . The life his father never wanted for him, calls him and the allure of family tradition sucks him in so deep, that he falls victim to the game

Trouble the Saints

By Alaya Dawn Johnson

July 21, 2020

The dangerous magic of The Night Circus meets the powerful historical exploration of The Underground Railroad in Alaya Dawn Johnson’s timely and unsettling novel, set against the darkly glamorous backdrop of New York City, where an assassin falls in love and tries to change her fate at the dawn of World War II.

The Way You Tempt Me

By Elle Wright

July 28, 2020

The heir-apparent to Pure Talent, ex-playboy Xavier Starks had it all figured out. With an engagement to Hollywood’s hottest actress and his innovative expansion plans, he can finally prove to his dad, Jax, that he’s responsible enough to step into a leadership role at their company. Until a jilting-gone-viral puts Xavier back in the relentless social-media spotlight, out of the running for partner—and in competition with the last person he ever expected: his very-grown-up childhood friend and girl-next-door . . .

Inmitations

By Zadie Smith

July 28, 2020

Written during the early months of lockdown, Intimations explores ideas and questions prompted by an unprecedented situation. What does it mean to submit to a new reality–or to resist it? How do we compare relative sufferings? What is the relationship between time and work? In our isolation, what do other people mean to us? How do we think about them? What is the ratio of contempt to compassion in a crisis? When an unfamiliar world arrives, what does it reveal about the world that came before it?

You Look So Much Better in Person

By Al Roker

July 28, 2020

These days, the road to success can feel jam-packed with scheduling, networking, nonstop hustle, and flat-out absurdity. And no one knows that better than Al Roker–beloved cohost of The Today Show, and weatherperson extraordinaire. Al has learned worthwhile lessons over a long successful career. And now, for the first time, Al is ready to unleash savvy advice on how to embrace happiness and the power of saying “yes,” alongside a host of humorous tips and tricks about how to succeed in life.